English language students working together on a group project

New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 5)


Course details

  • Jul 2020
    Feb 2021
  • 18 weeks
  • Fees-free* for NZ permanent residents and citizens
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fees-Free Policy
  • Level 5
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton City Campus


This programme will prepare students for higher-level study, training, and/or employment in New Zealand. Students will consolidate oral and written English language skills to use and understand complex English for a wide range of situations and will expand their face-to-face, independent, and online learning study skills.

View programme modules

Module code Module name LevelCredits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
LANG500(Academic) (Level 5) - Listening515 




LANG501(Academic) (Level 5) - Speaking515 




LANG502(Academic) (Level 5) - Reading515 




LANG503(Academic) (Level 5) - Writing515 




Career/further opportunities

Graduates of the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 5) [Ref: 1884] will have English language skills to work in positions that require:

  • Complex interpersonal communication
  • Understanding of complex context-specific texts
  • Writing complex, context-specific communications
  • Interaction, effective processing and dissemination of information.

This certificate builds on the:

  • New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4)
  • New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General) (Level 4)
  • New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Employment) (Level 4)

This certificate facilitates meeting the language requirements for programmes/courses that are linguistically demanding and/or a specialised field of study, and most postgraduate programmes/courses, depending on the focus of the programme leading to this qualification.


A range of study grants may be available for those domestic students learning English as a second language. For more information click here.


Entry criteria

General admission

a) Candidates must be 16 years or older.
b) Candidates must have achieved NZCEL (Academic) (Level 4); or
c) Have achieved a score of IELTS 6.0 across all bands, or equivalent; or
d) Candidates must take part in a selection interview and will be required to take a placement test to determine their current English Language level and learning goals.

Selection criteria

Candidates must demonstrate a reasonable chance of success in the programme.

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English language pathway diagram

Please check the entry criteria for each programme to see which course is the best level for you to begin with. The entry criteria information can be found on each of the programme pages here online. You can also contact us directly to discuss the appropriate level for you at info@wintec.ac.nz.

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

First day of classes

Tuesday 4 February 2020 for students starting Semester 1.
Tuesday 14 July 2020 for students starting Semester 2.

Induction days

Students beginning February 2020
Date: Wednesday 12 February 2020
Time: 10am-11am
Venue: The Atrium, City Campus

Students beginning July 2020
Date: Thursday 16 July 2020
Time: 10am-11am
Venue: The Atrium, City Campus

Testing for all new students

Monday 3 February 2020
Monday 13 July 2020

Students that require testing will need to book a placement test through the enrolment centre. Students that are returning, or have already been tested are to attend classes as per their timetable on Tuesday.

What you will need

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri  - Your official welcome to Wintec

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

First aid certificate

Health status



Clinical placement

Prospectus (course guide)

The Wintec Prospectus (otherwise known as a course guide) outlines everything you need to know about Wintec. It contains information about the Wintec campuses, student life, and the programmes that are on offer.

Access your copy of the Wintec Prospectus

The Wintec Prospectus (course guide) is available by downloading the file - click on the document below to access the file. Alternatively, to request a copy via email or the post, please complete the form below.

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